PSBA recognizes individuals and entities for contributions and achievements on behalf of public education in Pennsylvania

William Howard Day Award

The award is named in honor of the first African-American school board president in the United States. Day served the Harrisburg City School Board for six terms starting in 1878, and was a member of the Pennsylvania State Directors’ Association, the predecessor of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA).

  • 2019 — State Senator Kristen Phillips-Hill (R-York (part))
  • 2018 — Joan L. Benso, President and CEO, PA Partnerships for Children
  • 2017 — State Senator Pat Browne (Lehigh Co.)
  • 2016 — Eugene DePasquale, PA Auditor General

Pennsylvania Education Innovation Awards

The award, initiated in 2017, recognizes innovative leadership in public school board governance, administration and teaching and is sponsored by CM Regent and CM Cares.



  • Innovative School Board Award: Pine-Richland Board of School Directors (Allegheny Co.)
  • Innovative School Leader Award: Scott Martin, superintendent of Bentworth School District (Washington Co.)
  • Innovative Teacher Award: Sarah Abercrombie, adapted physical education coordinator; Dawn Gallagher, autistic support teacher; and Erika Schwanbeck, physical education teacher, all of Keith Valley Middle School in Hatboro-Horsham School District (Montgomery Co.)


  • Innovative Teacher Award: Timothy Heffernan, High school gifted support teacher, Franklin Area High School (Venango Co.)
  • Innovative School Leader Award: Khalid N. Mumin, Ed.D., Superintendent, Reading School District (Berks Co.)
  • Innovative School Board Award: Cumberland Valley Board of School Directors (Cumberland Co.)


  • Innovative School Board Award: Derry Township School Board (Dauphin Co.)
  • Innovative School Leader Award: Rob Caroselli, Fox Chase Elementary School, School District of Philadelphia (Philadelphia Co.)
  • Innovative Teacher Award: Kristen Albright, library media specialist, gifted support teacher and technology coach, Penns Valley Elementary and Intermediate School, Penns Valley Area School District (Centre Co.)

Chief Executive Officer’s Distinguished Service Pin

Established in 2017, the Distinguished Service Pin recognizes PSBA members, staff and education advocates for their extraordinary service and work on behalf of the Association.


  • Mark B. Miller
  • Barbara Bolas
  • Christina Griffiths
  • Roberta M. Marcus
  • Marianne Neel
  • Kathy Swope

Accredited School Director Leader

In 2019, the PSBA Governing Board adopted a recognition program for school directors that have continued their learning throughout their terms on their local boards. This PSBA designation shall be awarded to all school directors who successfully complete a rigorous combination of online and in-person training and submit the program application. Current school directors serving at a PSBA-member district may apply at any time to receive the designation of “Accredited School Director Leader” (PSBA-ASDL) via an application available on the PSBA website beginning fall 2020. Details of the process will be made available during the October PSBA Leadership Conference for members interested in applying for the ASDL designation.

Click here for the Accredited School Director Leader Active Application (ASDL- A).

Click here for the Continued PSBA Accredited School Director Leader Active Application (ASDL- A continued).

Along with a completed application, the member must demonstrate completion and/or participation in the following:

  • Attendance at two PASA/PSBA Leadership Conferences over the previous four-year period
  • Attendance at two PSBA Sectional Meetings over the previous four-year period
  • Successful completion and certification of nine online learning badges within myPSBA
  • Completed and up-to-date required (RQD) training provided by PSBA through the completion of online courses or by attending the designated live PSBA program for required training

Validation of the completed application will occur at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the PSBA Governing Board. Approved ASDL® designations are valid for a minimum of 12 months or until June 30 of the following year – whichever is greater. Recipients are permitted to use the ASDL® designation/logo and will receive recognition at their local school board meeting, acknowledgement of completion at the annual conference, and a listing on the PSBA website.

Active vs. Retired Designation
Current school directors may maintain their ASDL® designation by attending the PASA/PSBA Leadership Conference annually or attending their local sectional meeting and completing two additional PSBA webinars, online courses or live trainings/seminars. Active ASDL® members are invited to attend an annual private briefing at the conference.  Retired ASDL® members may continue to use the designation of ASDL-R® and are not required to complete any further continuing education.

In recognition of their completion of the rigorous curriculum associated with the PSBA Master School Board Director and PSBA Fellows Program, all past recipients of these designations were granted either the ASDL® or ASDL-R® designations effective January 1, 2020.

The guidelines may be adjusted based on alterations made to program offerings with the approval of the CEO or his/her designee. Adjustments will only be made on an annual basis at the conclusion of the PSBA fiscal year. The PSBA Governing Board reserves the right to remove the ASDL recognition from any recipient upon review of their current status as an elected school director or other matters.

Active Designation

  • Michael Faccinetto, Bethlehem Area, 2015
  • Claire Ann Buckley, Kane Area, 2015
  • Thomas Kerek, Kane Area, 2015
  • Rebecca Bowman, Peters Township, 2015
  • Lisa Anderson, Peters Township, 2015
  • Mark B. Miller, Centennial, 2015
  • Maura Buri, Upper Merion, 2015
  • Janet Flisak, Souderton, 2015
  • Brian Bressler, Tyrone Area, 2012
  • Larry Augustine, Selinsgrove Area, 2012
  • Joseph Zupancic, Canon-McMillan, 2012
  • Richard Frerichs, Penn Manor, 2011
  • Daniel O'Keefe, Northgate, 2011
  • Idette Groff, Conestoga Valley, 2008

Retired Designation

  • Susan Herman, Grove City, 2015
  • Anthony Rizzo, Richland, 2015
  • Carlotta J. Del Vecchio, Leechburg, 2015
  • Darlene Garcia-Johnson, Milton Area, 2015
  • Dr. Clythera S. Hornung, St. Marys Area, 2015
  • Eric T. Elvanian, Upper Merion Area, 2015
  • Eric Wolfgang, Central York, 2015
  • Glenn J. Tuttle, Crawford Central, 2015
  • Heidi Eby, Derry Township, 2015
  • Jane Schrader Lynch, Centennial, 2015
  • Joseph C. Zimmerman, Annville-Cleona, 2015
  • Keith Hastings, Kane Area, 2015
  • Kelly Mefford, Dover Area, 2015
  • Lawrence Borland, Franklin Regional, 2015
  • Maureen O'Leary, Lower Merion, 2015
  • Michele Maffei, Coatesville, 2015
  • Robert W. Mahood, Richland, 2015
  • Roberta M. Marcus, Parkland, 2015
  • Russell J. Diesinger, Exeter Township, 2015
  • Stacy Meyer, Spring Grove Area, 2015
  • Todd A. Gettys, West York, 2015
  • Todd Orner, Gettysburg Area, 2015
  • Maureen Grosheider, North Allegheny , 2012
  • Kimberly Grundon, East Pennsboro, 2012
  • Tom McGough, Plum Borough, 2012
  • Karen Whyte, Athens Area, 2012
  • R. Baumgartner, Souderton Area, 2011
  • Atalanta Shabloski, Wellsboro Area, 2011
  • Vincent Sherpinsky, North Penn, 2011
  • Jody Sperry, Conneaut, 2010
  • Donald Yoder, Dallastown Area, 2010
  • Michael Paston, Upper Dublin, 2010
  • Kathy Swope, Lewisburg Area, 2010
  • Robert Bold, Parkland, 2009
  • Karen Brennan, Athens Area, 2009
  • Eric Wolfgang, Central York, 2009
  • Keith Reese, Bald Eagle, 2009
  • Donald Raifsnider, Muhlenberg, 2009
  • Barbara Frankhouser, 2008
  • Robert Lumley-Sapanski, Bellefonte Area, 2008
  • Marianne Neel, West Jefferson Hills, 2008
  • Pamela Hansen, Williamsport Area, 2008
  • Edward Maritz, Sto-Rox, 2008
  • Roberta Marcus, Parkland, 2008
  • Frederick Botterbusch, Dallastown Area, 2008
  • Lou Ann Evans, State College Area, 2008
  • Shauna D'Alessandro, West Jefferson Hills, 2008

The Allwein Society

The Allwein Society is a recognition program honoring school directors who are outstanding leaders and advocates on behalf of public schools and students. This prestigious honor was created in 2011 in memory of Timothy M. Allwein, a former PSBA staff member who exemplified the integrity, dedication and commitment to advance political action for the benefit of public education. Tim inspired and helped many others to become successful advocates. Originally called the Allwein Award, the name was changed to Allwein Society in 2018 to reflect the ongoing nature of advocacy work. Nominations are accepted year-round and new inductees are recognized annually during the fall PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference. Click here for more information about the Allwein Society. Learn more about current Allwein Society members.

Allwein Society members

      • 2019 — Jill Dennin, Boyertown Area School District and Berks County Intermediate Unit (Berks Co.); Mike Faccinetto, Bethlehem Area School District (Northampton Co.); Joyce Wilkerson, the School District of Philadelphia (Philadelphia Co.); and Kathy Swope, Lewisburg Area School District (Union Co.)
      • 2016 — Richard L. Frerichs, Penn Manor School District (Lancaster Co.)
      • 2015 — Lynn L. Foltz, Wilmington Area School District (Lawrence Co.)
      • 2014 — Shauna M. D’Alessandro CPA, West Jefferson Hills School District (Allegheny Co.)
        Mark B. Miller, Centennial School District (Bucks Co.)
      • 2013 — Tina Viletto, School District of Cheltenham Township (Montgomery Co.)
      • 2012 — Roberta M. Marcus, Parkland School District (Lehigh Co.)
      • 2011 — Lawrence A. Feinberg, The School District of Haverford Township (Delaware Co.)